While some of us get right out of bed and prepare for our exercise routines, for others, it’s a challenge.
Whether it is a jog around the neighborhood or an in-home routine, there are all sorts of exercises that can be done relatively easily and for free. Getting yourself to actually do it is another story.
If you find yourself lacking in that critical component of exercise — motivation — consider this: According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of moderate exercise per week is 150 minutes. That is 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
But how does that compare to someone who doesn’t exercise? Or better yet, to someone who exercises more?
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Let’s look at the results of a study conducted on 661,137 men and women with a median age of 62.
Finding No. 1:
The people who didn’t exercise were at the highest risk of death. No surprise there.
Finding No. 2:
People who exercised in between not doing any physical activity and exercising 150 minutes a week had a 20 percent less chance of mortality.
Finding No. 3:
People who followed the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 150 minutes a week had a 31 percent less chance of mortality.
Finding No. 4:
People who went above and beyond to exercise for 450 minutes a week had a 39 percent less chance of death.
In this study, as exercise levels increased, so did the probability of living longer. So even if jogging isn’t your cup of tea, upping your exercise game in even small ways can have a big impact.
“With so much time being spent in front of a screen or in our cars, it may be hard to find the time to move around,” says Helga Van Herle, MD, MS, associate professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC a cardiologist from the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute. “To get more walking in, park in the furthest parking spot to your destination. And instead of taking an elevator, try walking up the stairs. Climbing five flights of stairs five times a week burns approximately 302 calories. That could result in a loss of 15 pounds a year.”
Are you looking for a workout routine that fits your age and fitness level? Schedule a visit with your primary care physician to discuss what’s best for you.
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By Leonard Kim